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March 15, 2019

How To Throw an Oscar Party for Dogs

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From Beethoven to Bolt to Air Bud, film history is filled with award-worthy dogs. And while man's best friend has yet to bring home a statuette on Oscar night, that doesn't mean you can't throw your pooch and his or her pals a star-studded Academy Awards party of their own. Here are four things to keep in mind as you plan your doggie Oscar party.

 

Make It a Black-Tie Affair

 

If your dog's every move speaks class and grace, consider an Oscar soiree that celebrates classic Hollywood glitz and glamor. Line your home's entryway with a velvet-roped red carpet, break out the smartphones, and let your furry friends strut their stuff. From hand-smocked gowns to top hats and tails, dogs have a variety of options when it comes to formal wear.

 

If your pooch is more the Kevin Smith type than the Kevin Kline type, don't worry. Try putting an irreverent spin on Academy Awards fashion with a tuxedo tank top or black-tie bandana. In a pinch, a dressy harness, blinged-out necklace, or luxurious Chewy Vuiton handbag can take your darling doggie from day to night, too.

 

Keep the décor modest and sophisticated. String a line of golden bones across the mantle, for example. It's your fuzzy guests' night to shine — and perhaps try to eat your decorations — so keeping things simple is a smart idea. Serve pup-friendly cupcakes paired with champagne chew toys, and don't forget to send your guests home with a bag full of Oscar party swag, such as snacks or puzzles.

 

Or Throw a "Come as Your Favorite Character" Bash

 

When it comes to movies, your dog has seen it all. Little Sarah Jessica Barker has been there through good times, bad times, and more Vin Diesel movies than any pet should ever be subjected to. With just a little creativity on your part, your pup can celebrate the Academy Awards in style — the style of one her film favorites, that is. Here are just a dozen of many, many character costumes your dog can rock on Oscar night:

 

 

Don't Forget Your Human Guests

 

Whether you choose a glitzy theme, splurge on canine costumes, or just keep things simple, be sure to keep your human partygoers' interests in mind, too. The main point of a doggie Oscar party is spending quality time together with your pooch. Consider weaving a few party games into the evening's festivities, for instance. (Really, what else are you going to do when they start handing out awards like Best Documentary Short?) There are a variety of games and activities that can be enjoyed by the dogs dressed to the nines, the humans fiercely debating Best Picture, or both:

 

  • Oscar Bingo: Fill a standard 25-square Bingo card with Oscar tropes such as "A winner tells his or her kids that they can go to bed now" and potential outcomes like "Idris Elba wins Best Actor." You might also include potential party events, too, like, "Spike shakes off his cowboy hat before the commercial break" or "Catherine Zeta-Bones barks back at all the musical numbers."
  • Ballot Bets: Hand out ballots before the show and ask all of your guests to pick the winner in each category. The most correct answers wins. To up the ante, consider some sort of ballot buy-in or another light wagering.
  • Pawscars: Have your human guests hand out "Pawscar" awards to their pups, like "Best Drooler" and "Outstanding Achievement in Tearing Up Liam's Soccer Cleats."
  • Acceptance Speech Mad Libs: Create a handful of fill-in-the-blank acceptance speeches. You can copy real speeches from Academy Awards past or, even better, write your own. Have your guests help each other fill them in, Mad Libs style, over the course of the evening, and then get up and deliver them. Don't forget to thank your dog.
  • Photo Booth: Use a laptop computer and decorated cardboard background to create a photo booth where your guests and their owners can stage their own shots, sans paparazzi. Provide a bucket of props for both dogs and humans.

 

Keep the Menu Dog-Safe

 

It's not a party without snacks, and it's not a doggie Oscar party if there's nothing on the menu geared specifically toward your canine guests. Dogs can't — or at least shouldn't — eat most people food, and you don't want your little Howard Hughes or Whoopi Goldberg to go hungry during the Academy Awards' lengthy, lengthy telecast. The following treats are safe for dogs to chow down on while they root for their favorite flicks:

 

  • Canine-friendly cake or cupcakes
  • Jerky treats
  • Dog biscuits
  • Pupsicles
  • Popcorn (in moderation)

 

If you go the cake route, make sure you use a dog cake mix or, better yet, enlist the help of a specialty bakery. Ideally, your dog shouldn't eat the same cake that you do. Your dog should also never eat the following, so it's best to leave these foods and ingredients off the party menu altogether:

 

  • Chocolate
  • Cinnamon
  • Ice cream
  • Almonds
  • Macadamia nuts
  • Garlic

 

While you and your dog can't share a giant piece of chocolate lava cake while you celebrate your favorite cinematographer's big win, you might consider coordinating some of the human food at your doggie Oscar party with what the pups are eating by serving canine-inspired snacks such as puppy chow (also known as muddy buddies), pupperoni pizza, or breadstick "bones."

 

Few things in life are finer than curling up with your pup and watching a movie. On the movies' biggest night, reward your dogs — and yourself — by including them in a pet-friendly Oscar bash. After all those Police Academy movies you made them sit through just because they love you, they've certainly earned it.

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